UBC Undergraduate Research

Climate action partnership : contribution of food GHG emissions reductions : moving UBC beyond climate neutral Aghili, Anahita; Allain, Venessa; Ang, Juniolucano; Appeldoorn, Trista; Au-Yeung, Tiffany; Badesso, Kirsten; Barker, Shawna


Avoiding serious global climate change will require deep cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all sources. As with many universities, UBC is associated with many types of GHG emission such as production and distribution of food on campus. Our task was to study emission reductions and climate action targets outlined by the UBC Climate Action Partnership. As a group, we have chosen to focus on education and awareness about the effects the food system and our food choices have on climate change. To achieve this goal our research methodology included interviews, research, review of previous years' papers, attending guest lectures given by AMS Food and Beverage Department and UBC Food Services, UBC farm, and Sprouts. It was hoped that through this research we could begin to develop educational tools that will help new UBC students understand what sustainability is, why it is important and what it means to UBC. This report provides details of our findings and the educational tools we developed in partnership with different groups around UBC. Our recommendations, which are based on our findings, can be used to further develop and refine existing research. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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